Includes bibliographical references (p. -310) and index
Credo ... I believe: love note to a lost America and a look at the current predicament -- How did we get here?: the fall of secularism and the march toward a new politics -- Demolishing the wall of separation: winners and losers in the battle over church and state -- Onward Christian soldiers: theology, politics, and the Christian art of war -- To have and to hold ... over my dead body: the nasty battle over marriage ... what it is ... and who says so -- Take two tablets ... and call me when the fighting starts: ten commandments, a hundred court cases, a million opinions -- Child soldiers in the culture war: public schools, evolution, and human sexuality -- Now, in the center ring ... abortion as the main event: abortion in religion and politics -- From Al Smith to John Kerry: Roman Catholics' eighty-year pilgrimage in national politics -- Shifting battle lines and the browning of America: Blacks, Latinos, and a very different view of church and politics -- Render unto Caesar: Alabama's adventure with biblical policy making -- Okay wise guys ... now what?
A journalist analyzes the influence of religion on American politics to explore the ways in which religious ideology affects voters and how a growing polarization in religious belief is transforming the political system